Archive for May 1st, 2013

Workers’ Welfare: AL-led govt’s poll pledges unfulfilled

Bangladesh celebrates today the International Labour Day, popularly known as May Day, in the backdrop of the Awami League -led government counting its last eight months in office oblivious of the welfare commitments it had made to the low paid workers in its election manifesto in 2008. The AL-led government is set to leave office with most of its election […]

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Khaleda postpones May 2 hartal

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Tuesday postponed the May 2 general strike and hoped that prime minister Sheikh Hasina would meet the demand for restoration of the election-time non-party government system. Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition, in a statement, postponed the general strike the BNP-led alliance called on April 27 for May 2 in protest […]

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Labour law amendment in the offing

The government is planning to bring drastic changes in the labour law that would provide greater benefits to apparel factory owners but marginalise the workers, labour leaders said. On April 22, the cabinet approved a draft bill seeking to amend the Bangladesh Labour Law Act 2006. Labour Ministry officials said that the drastic changes in the existing law were proposed […]

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May Day today

May Day, as the International Labour Day is known in this country, will be celebrated in Bangladesh today with heavy hearts in the backdrop of hundreds of workers losing life in apparel factory collapse at Savar. The workers are demanding exemplary punishment to those responsible for the culpable homicide of the unsuspecting workers. Bodies of at least 387 apparel workers […]

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HC orders confiscation of Sohel Rana, 5 RMG owners’ property

The High Court on Tuesday directed the authorities to confiscate all property of Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana and the owners of five garment factories that the collapsed building had housed. A bench of Justice Mirza Hussain Haider and Justice Muhammad Khurshid Alam Sarkar also asked the inspector general of registration to issue a circular to all land registration offices […]

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Donor-provided search, rescue cameras barely used

Specialised search and rescue cameras provided by the UNDP to the country’s fire service department three years ago were barely used by its officers involved in the rescue of those trapped under the collapsed Rana Plaza building, New Age has learnt. In 2010, as part of the UNDP-managed Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme, 16 thermal cameras and 20 search cameras were […]

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Jail killing case: SC upholds death sentence of Marfat, Hashem

The Appellate Division on Tuesday upheld a trial court verdict that had sentenced two former army personnel—Marfat Ali Shah and Hashem Mridha—to death on charge of killing four national leaders in jail in November 1975. The six-judge bench of chief justice Md Muzammel Hossain, Justice SK Sinha, Justice Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice M Imman Ali and […]

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Shirin elected speaker of parliament

The Jatiya Sangsad on Tuesday elected lawmaker from women’s reserved seat, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, as the 13th speaker of parliament, the first ever woman to preside over the legislature. Parliament elected Shirin, who was state minister for women and children affairs, to the position that fell vacant as former speaker Abdul Hamid was elected the 20th president of the republic […]

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Govt to convert RPPs, QRPPs into IPP

The government is looking for ways and means to convert the rental basis short-term power plants into long-term ones to ‘secure’ investments of the entrepreneurs as the plant owners claimed that their investments were at stake, officials said. Mainly the plants with a contract of power supply to the Power Development Board for between three and five years would be […]

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Refrain from violent acts to protect industry

Terming unleashing violent acts in mills and factories by so-called workers as suicidal, the prime minister and leader of the house, Sheikh Hasina, has made a fervent appeal to the workers to refrain from such activities to protect the garment industry. ‘Attacking and vandalising mills and factories in the name of expressing of grievance are what type works? I don’t […]

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Rana pays Tk 67,000 income tax

The National Board of Revenue has started to scrutinise the tax file of Sohel Rana, owner of the collapsed Rana Plaza that left killed more than 400 garment workers in Savar on April 24, to find out whether he evaded tax. ‘As a part of the move, the revenue board on Tuesday gathered tax related data of Rana and is […]

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ICT-1 asks FM to bring Ziauddin’s reply from embassy in Brussels

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 on Tuesday asked the foreign ministry to bring the reply that Ahmed Ziauddin, a Bangladeshi legal expert expatriate in Brussels, submitted to the Bangladesh embassy in Brussels and to send it to the tribunal immediately. It also fixed May 13 for the further order in the matter. The tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hasan passed […]

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Over 300 RMG units forced to suspend production amid protest

More than 300 garment units at Savar and Ashulia on Tuesday were forced to suspend production amid workers’ protest demanding capital punishment of Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana, Rana Plaza garment units’ owners, arrest of the local lawmaker Murad Jong and Savar upazila nirbahi officer Kabir Hossain Sarder. The workers blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway at Zamgora and Zirabo of Ashulia […]

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Govt not to allow rallies in city on May 5

The government on Tuesday decided not to allow any processions or rallies by Hefajat-e-Islam in and around the capital on May 5. The Islamist group is scheduled for May 5 to lay siege to Dhaka pressing for 13-point demands. The government, however, considers allowing the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance to hold its scheduled rally at Motijheel Shapla square on May […]

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UN delegation expected in May to help resolve crisis

A United Nations delegation is likely to come to Dhaka in the second week of May to encourage understandings among political parties through negotiations to resolve the current political crisis over election-time government. The UN resident representative in Bangladesh, Neal Walker, informed the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, of it while he met with her at her Gulshan office […]

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Court room’s roof collapses

The roof of a room at Paikgacha Upazila Magistrate Court here in Khulna collapsed on Tuesday. Sources at the court said a portion of the roof of stenographer Sarwar Rahman’s room collapsed at about 7:00am Tuesday. However, there was no casualty in the incident as the room was locked at that time. General secretary of Paikgacha Bar Wazid Mondal and […]

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HC questions bloggers’ production before media

The High Court on Tuesday issued a rule asking why production before the media of three bloggers, who were arres.ted as blasphemy suspects, should not be declared illegal. The bench of justices Mirza Hussain Haider and Muhammad Khurshid Alam issued the rule. The court also sought to know why production before the media of those arrested in the past at […]

May 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

BB freezes bank accounts of Rana, owners of garment units at collapsed building

The Bangladesh Bank on Tuesday ordered freezing the bank accounts of Sohel Rana, owner of the collapsed building Rana Plaza at Savar and owners of five garment units housed in the building. The BB on the day issued a circular to all banks in line with a directive of the High Court given on Sunday. The BB circular said that […]

May 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

We’ll embrace martyrdom if demands not met: Shafi

Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh amir Ahmed Shafi on Tuesday said they would embrace martyrdom if their 13-point demand was not implemented. ‘The government must accept the Hefajat’s 13-point demand as those are not contradictory to the country’s existing laws,’ he said while addressing a Shan-e-Risalat rally at the central Eidgah maidan in Bogra. Shafi said atheists had to be driven out of […]

May 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

Rana’s father remanded for 13 days

A Dhaka court on Tuesday remanded Sohel Rana’s father in police custody for 13 days for interrogation in the case filed in connection with the collapse of his building Rana Plaza at Savar. The Detective Branch police produced Rana’s father Abdul Khalek after his arrest at Maghbazar on Monday afternoon hours before he, according to police, was planning to leave […]

May 1, 2013 · 0 comments · Inner Pages

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